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Rodney Windes proved reliable over 6 seasons, made AAA

Rodney Windes 1990 Osceola Astros card

The Orlando Sentinel featured Osceola reliever Rodney Windes in July 1991 for both his idiosyncrasies and his reliability.

Windes took Advil in the fourth inning, whether he had pain or not. He also got players out, The Sentinel wrote.

"Rodney has been my most reliable pitcher in middle, long, short and stopper roles," Osceola manager Sal Butera told The Sentinel of Windes. "Everything we've asked him to do, he has done."

Windes ended up playing two more seasons, hitting AA and AAA. But, in six total pro seasons, he topped out at AAA.

Windes' career began in 1988, taken by the Astros in the 18th round of the draft out of Cal State Los Angeles.

Windes started with the Astros at short-season Auburn. He went 4-4, with a 4.10 ERA over 25 relief appearances.

He made single-A Asheville in 1989 and then high-A Osceola for 1990. He went 4-0 at Osceola in 44 relief appearances, with a 1.98 ERA. 

For 1991, he returned to Osceola for 45 relief appearances and also saw 13 appearances at AA Jackson. He had a 1.29 ERA at Jackson.

He got his first look at AAA Tucson for 1992, 20 relief appearances. He went 1-1, with a 4.93 ERA. He saw Tucson again for 1993, 13 relief outings. He gave up 12 earned in 12 innings of work.

Windes played the rest of 1993 at Jackson. That August, he helped end a losing streak with six shutout innings, all after a lengthy rain delay, The Jackson Clarion-Ledger wrote.

"I didn't feel real good when I got back up," Windes told The Clarion-Ledger of the delay. "But as a reliever, I'm up and down a lot, so I'm used to it. It had no effect really."

In 41 outings at Jackson, seven starts, he went 5-4, with a 2.93 ERA. That season proved his last as a pro.

Rodney Windes 1990 Osceola Astros card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,334
Made the Majors:1,399-32.3%
Never Made Majors:2,935-67.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:569
10+ Seasons in the Minors:352

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